HOUSTON – Frightened neighbors repeatedly called 911 after a gruesome triple homicide near Hobby Airport in early June, but Houston police went to the scene three times before they discovered the bodies, according to court documents.
The victims, Kelly Amason, 45; Debbie Richardson, 59; and Billy Blessing, 55, were found stabbed and beaten to death in their apartment in the 9300 block of Randolph around 11:20 a.m. on June 4.
The victims’ roommate, Richard Harris, has since been charged with capital murder in the case.
But according to Harris’ charging document, HPD was initially alerted to the homicides by a neighbor around 7:43 that morning.
The neighbor told police he’d come across Harris in the parking lot around 6:30 a.m. The neighbor said Harris had asked him for $20.
The neighbor then asked Harris, who was known for arguing with his roommates, if he’d been up all night fighting.
The neighbor said Harris replied, "No, we are not fighting anymore. I have killed them all."
According to the neighbor, Harris then led him over to the crime scene, asked him if he was "ready for this" and opened the door.
The neighbor told police he saw Blessing’s body and got scared. He said he told Harris he needed to get out of there and left.
When the neighbor returned to his apartment, he told his girlfriend what Harris had showed him.
According to police reports, the neighbor and his girlfriend then went to a pay phone and made their first call to 911 at 7:43 a.m.
The neighbor told 911 operators there had been a disturbance at Harris’ apartment, and the police were needed.
But the neighbor said once officers arrived, they knocked on the door, got no response and left without finding the bodies.
Court documents say the neighbor and his girlfriend then went back to the same pay phone, called 911 again and told them there had been a murder and there was a body in the apartment.
The pair said they were driving around in their truck when they saw officers come to the home a second time, knock on the door and leave without finding the crime scene.
The neighbor told police after that, he and his girlfriend went back to their apartment, and the girlfriend saw Harris outside in Amason’s Honda Accord.
She said she asked Harris if he’d killed his roommates, but Harris said no. According to the girlfriend, Harris said Amason was at work, Richardson was with her ex-husband and Blessing was passed out.
She said Harris then left the scene.
The girlfriend told police after Harris left, she crawled through the window of Harris’ apartment, found all three victims dead and called 911 from her cell phone.
She told the operator there were three dead people in the home, and the suspect had left in a white Honda Accord. She also provided the license plate number, according to documents.
After that, an officer arrived at the scene, interviewed the neighbor and the girlfriend and discovered the bodies.
Less than 24 hours later, police found Harris in the Honda Accord with what appeared to be self-inflicted stab wounds.